Since Angelina Jolie shockingly announced this morning that she underwent a double mastectomy to beat her odds at cancer, the star’s family is speaking out.
"We're so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren. We love her dearly," Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, says in a statement.
But she isn’t the only family member praising the actress. Angie’s brother, James Haven, also opened up about his sister’s invasive procedure.
Angelina Jolie's Shocking Confession: I Had a Double Mastectomy For My Kids
"My sister like our mother always put her children first," he said in a statement. "I am so grateful to be her brother."
After coming clean about her surgery in an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Angie's fiancé, Brad, stood by his woman, fully supporting her decision.
"Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic,” the World War Z star said. “I thank our medical team for their care and focus."
Brad Pitt Calls Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy "Heroic"
Describing Brad as “loving” and “supportive” throughout the entire process— which took months, beginning on Feb. 2— Angie admitted that the tragic loss of her own mother, Marcheline Bertrand, helped solidify her decision to remove her breasts.
"We often speak of 'Mommy’s mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us," she shared. "They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer."
Since having the operation, Angie's chances of developing breast cancer has dropped to under five percent. She says, "I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."